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Tax talk and achievement gaps are focus at PUSD community meeting

Original post made on Nov 25, 2019

A modest turnout for a Pleasanton Unified School District community meeting on Wednesday night gave attendees the opportunity to learn more deeply about how their local schools are funded and recent efforts to narrow achievement gaps.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Sunday, November 24, 2019, 11:24 AM

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Posted by Naveed Khan
a resident of Stoneridge
on Nov 25, 2019 at 9:53 am

I wish David Haglund were to lay out for the Residents why Schools districts have to resort to Bond Measures? Why can't the School Districts balance their budget, manage their operations within the money received from Taxation, Lottery, Federal, State and County Government aid? Do they realize Bond Measure is just taxation, it means less money for other businesses and activities in the City. It means School Districts are regressing economic progress of the city.

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Posted by Involved Parent
a resident of Pheasant Ridge
on Nov 25, 2019 at 11:03 am

Naveed, What makes you think our school district is to blame? We are in California where the burden has shifted to both state and local funding for all school districts. No one likes taxes to PAY taxes but its what makes for "free" public schools. At least our kids can receive a good education here in Pleasanton without having to pay for private school tuition. Here's a primer if you don't believe me about all school districts having to rely on the community to approve bonds to pay for facilities. Web Link

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Posted by James Michael
a resident of Val Vista
on Nov 25, 2019 at 11:29 am

James Michael is a registered user.

Just so you know on this story as well. The State of California has a $15 Billion bond measure on the March 2020 ballot ironically called "Prop 13" but its nothing like the original. Read John Coupal's commentary on the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association website.

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Posted by Richard Michael 909-378-5401
a resident of another community
on Nov 25, 2019 at 2:15 pm

Did anyone opposing or with a different view about the bonds ask to speak at the meeting?

It sounds like the district is going to do several of these "meetings" before the election on district property.

Did you know that you can speak (equal time, equipment, etc.) in front of the room, just like the district employees?

It's required by law, Education Code 7058. You have to get up off your you-know-what and ask (demand) equal time for a presentation. You could even pass out flyers or other materials. If the district passes out bond "information," then I'd demand that the district produce your materials (of equal quantity) as well.

No you know. Knowledge is power, if you use it.

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Posted by Richard Michael 909-378-5401
a resident of another community
on Nov 25, 2019 at 2:23 pm

Forgot to mention, this.

The district's web site and any school web site or facility that is posting "information" is also a "public forum."

Get your differing view materials posted on the web sites and at the facilities. Same law Education Code 7058 applies.

Rather than permit this kind of activity, one district took down the materials so it wouldn't provide materials from any other point of view.

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Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Nov 25, 2019 at 9:45 pm

A well intended event, but lacked substance to support where the money is going, specifically. This is just meant to raise (more) money because another bond is ending. That is the motivation not any specific need

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Posted by Livermore Parent
a resident of Livermore
on Nov 26, 2019 at 9:57 am

Bond and parcel tax measures only result in corruption, not in better schools.
Just look in Livermore - after our parcel tax Livermore Superintendent Kelly Bowers immediately gave herself a $60K a year raise and now (after even more raises) makes $410K a year. And the biggest lie is "money will not be spent on administrator salaries and pensions". Immediately after the school bond passed Kelly Bowers hired her SON, used money meant for school buildings to buy herself administrative offices in the hills, and now spends $600K of the borrowed bond money every year on administrative salaries ACCORDING to THE AUDIT.

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Posted by Ida Know
a resident of California Reflections
on Nov 28, 2019 at 6:15 am

Yeah! Livermore Parent said her catchphrase! Man, it seems like there’s barely been an episode of Town Square in which that popular, quirky character Livermore Parent doesn’t show up to say “Livermore superintendent‘s raise,” and boy, does that line bring down the house. She’s like Kramer and Urkel rolled up into one super fan-favorite whose one catchphrase gets better each time she says it. “Livermore superintendent’s raise” - man, that will NEVER get old!

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